Transitions: U. of Louisiana System Chooses Provost; NIH Names Associate Director for Data Science

U. of La. system

Karla Hughes
December 16, 2013


Martha J. Kanter, who stepped down as under secretary of education at the U.S. Department of Education this month, will be a visiting professor of higher education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her two-year appointment will begin next month.

Philip E. Bourne, associate vice chancellor for innovation and industry alliances and a professor of structural bio­informatics and systems pharmacology at the University of California at San Diego, will become the first permanent associate director for data science at the National Institutes of Health in early 2014.

R. Bowen Loftin, who said last summer that he would step down as president of Texas A&M University at College Station in January, will become the next chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia in February.

E. Gordon Gee, president emeritus of Ohio State University, will become president of West Virginia University on an interim basis in early January and fill the post until a new president is named. He will replace James P. Clements, who will take over as president of Clemson University next month. Mr. Gee served as West Virginia University's president once before, from 1981 to 1985.

Karla Hughes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University, in Kentucky, will become the University of Louisiana system's executive vice president and provost next month.

Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, next month will become director of a new Facebook laboratory that will do research in artificial intelligence. He will remain a professor at NYU part time but will step down from his position as director of the university's Center for Data Science.

David Carr, media columnist for The New York Times, will become a part-time professor next month in Boston University's College of Communication. He is expected to analyze new business models that can support serious journalism. Beginning next fall, he will teach a course each semester. He will continue to be on the staff of the Times.


José Esteban Muñoz, a professor of performance studies at New York University, died on December 3. He was 46. He is known for two influential books, Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics and Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. Ken Wissoker, Duke University Press's editorial director, says Mr. Muñoz was a few months away from completing a book for the press on the sense of "brownness," which the late professor had said "describes an expansive sense of the world," a feeling of commonality "that surpasses the limits of the individual and the subject." Mr. Wissoker says he expects that the book will be published.

Cynthia Eagle Russett, a professor of history at Yale, died in New Haven, Conn., on December 5, after a battle with multiple myeloma. She was 76. She began as a lecturer at Yale in 1967 and taught there until 2012. Among her interests were women's history and the effect of science on nonscientific culture. Her books include Sexual Science: The Victorian Construction of Womanhood.